New Delhi: The United States, in a tough stance against Pakistan, said that the country must go after terrorists and delegitimise all terror groups seething in the Pakistani soil.

US State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters, “We continue to urge Pakistan to take action to combat and delegitimise all terrorist groups operating on its soil.” The mounting pressure on Pakistan comes after India urged US to designate Pakistan as a ‘terror-state’ country.

“Obviously Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists. We want to help Pakistan confront this terrorist threat, but we also want Pakistan also to go after those terrorists who seek and sometimes find safe haven on Pakistan territory,” the spokesman said.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated since the Uri attack where 19 Indian soldiers were killed. The attack was subsequently followed by a retaliatory surgical strike from India which destroyed more than five terror launch pads.